Doug Wiggins Pulls Shocker

The word out of New York leaked this past weekend. At a very inopportune time for St. John's, point guard Doug Wiggins opted to de-commitment from the Red Storm and is looking at another Big East school.

With just 10 days left prior to the early signing period, East Hartford (Conn.) high senior point guard Doug Wiggins pulled a major shocker when he de-committed from St. John's and is on the verge of signing with UConn.

``I haven't spoken to UConn yet," Wiggins said on Sunday night. "I haven't spoken to anyone except for St. John's. There were no hard feelings. I just told them I was nervous and when I gave my verbal, I didn't put as much thought into it as I should have."

The news regarding Wiggins comes just days after UConn announced that starting point guard Marcus Williams would be ineligible for the first semester and backup floor leader A.J. Price would miss the entire season for their roles in the theft of laptop computers. UConn and senior guard Ramar Smith also parted ways recently after it was apparent that the Michigan native was going to difficulty academically qualifying to play his freshman season.

``Dougie loves Norm Roberts and the staff at St. John's," East Hartford coach Anthony Menard said. "Chris Casey did a terrific job recruiting Dougie and was instrumental in him committing to St. John's. It's not an issue about him having any ill feelings towards St. John's. It's just a kid changing his mind, and unfortunately, the timing is not good for St. John's."

The 6-foot, 160-pound Wiggins (No. 55,, who gave Red Storm a verbal pledge back in March, saw his stock rise considerably while playing in the spring and summer with the Connecticut Basketball Club.

``As time went on, he just wasn't sure about his decision," Menard said. "It just hit him in the past week."

``UConn is not a done deal," Menard added. "When he saw that Ramar Smith was no longer committed, it opened up his eyes and he realized they had a spot available. People may not believe this, but we have not spoken to anyone on the UConn staff. We're going to try and make this happen soon, though."

``Dougie thinks he can play at UConn because of the situation, but he is planning to re-open his recruitment whether he commit to UConn or not," Menard continued. "If UConn wants to go in a different direction, he'll still go in a different direction."

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